The deadly Grenfell tower fire in London is a grim warning for Australia. In October 2017, Four Corners revealed that Australian suppliers were aware of the risks associated with using polyethylene (PE) cladding on high-rise buildings, but they continued to import and sell it. Then on the 1 December 2017 the Victorian Cladding Taskforce released an interim report with tough recommendations. Could your building be at risk?
The case of 27 year old Cameron Harper who has been diagnosed with Silicosis is a lesson for us all. His disease has been linked to lax health and safety standards. As a stonemason he wasn't provided with the proper PPE - clearly the responsibility of his employer. Silicosis, the disease caused by exposure to crystalline silica, is associated with elevated risk of cancer and severe pulmonary fibrosis disease and has been in the news recently due to calls for a national response to protect tradesmen. Are you doing everything you need to do to protect your staff?
We may love being a 'sunburnt country' but all the facts and figures show that excessive heat is dangerous. As employers, it is your duty to keep your workers safe from the risks of working in the heat. In relation to this, SafeWork Australia released a new guide on 8th December 2017 called 'Managing The Risks of Working in Heat'.
The 2016-17 Progress Report on the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness shows increased focus across Australia on asbestos management and awareness.
With the ultimate goal of eliminating asbestos-related disease in Australia, the Federal Government's Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency continues to provide a national focus on asbestos issues including compliance with Asbestos Awareness.